Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Reforming Barbarians

Dems want to retreat from barbarians, and as usual they’re completely wrong – barbarians, once comprehensively defeated, become pacifists. Germany and Japan are recent examples.
Democrats said yesterday that the United States must start "redeploying" troops from Iraq, calling the recovery of the mutilated bodies of two U.S. soldiers a "grim reminder" of why withdrawal should begin soon.

The killings are "a grim reminder of the price we're paying for a failed policy in Iraq," said Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic whip. "It's time for Iraqis to stand up. When will this end?"
Without the coalition killing the barbarians, “this” will never end. But killing them transforms the quality of life for their neighbors. Here’s the Japanese 64 years ago (my ellipsis and emphasis):
1942 - ...there are nearly 100 people, including children and wounded survivors of the sinking of the small freighter SS Vyner Brooke on 14 February. An officer from the ship explains that since there is no food, no help for the injured and no chance of escape, they should give themselves up to the Japanese. He agrees the mid-morning (he) returns with about 20 Japanese soldiers.

Having separated the men from the women prisoners, the Japanese divide the men into two groups, and march them along the beach and behind a headland. The nurses hear a quick succession of shots before the Japanese soldiers return, sit down in front of the women and clean their bayonets and rifles.

A Japanese officer, smaller and more "nattily" dressed than his men, instructs the nurses to walk from the palm-fringed beach into the sea until they are waist deep in the waves. A couple of soldiers shove those who are slow to respond. Twenty-two nurses and one civilian woman walk into the waves, leaving ten or twelve stretcher cases on the beach. Fully aware of their fate, the nurses put on a brave face.

Their matron, Irene Drummond, calls out - "Chin up, girls. I'm proud of you and I love you all." At that point the Japanese fire. One of the nurses, Vivian Bullwinkel, later describes what happens next - they "started firing up and down the line with a machine gun. ...They just swept up and down the line and the girls fell one after the other. I was towards the end of the line and a bullet got me in the left loin and went straight through and came out towards the front. ...

After shooting the nurses, the Japanese bayonet the wounded. Over 80 people are killed on the beach that day.
But look at the Japanese now (my emphasis)!
Japan ordered the withdrawal of its 600 troops from Iraq yesterday after declaring that the controversial mission - which stretched the country's pacifist constitution to the limit - had been a success.
This remarkable transformation was achieved by our comprehensively defeating Japan on the battlefield. By a similar process, Germany is now also pacifist.

Pacifism makes Japan and Germany lousy allies but at least they aren’t murdering nurses anymore, so it's just as well Durbin & co weren’t calling the shots during WW2.